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Transitioning to College

Transitioning to College
Preparing for college can be a stressful time for teens and for their parents. The correct high school courses must be completed, visits to colleges have to be scheduled, references solicited, applications completed, essays written, and, after a period of waiting, significant decisions must be made – all while completing their last year of school!

Parents can do a great deal to help keep their youngsters organized and focused during the very busy and sometimes stressful transition from high school to college. This is an exciting period of time, and an emotional one.

Free Resources on Preparing for College

Learn More About Applying to and Paying for College

  • Getting Financial Aid – The Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA) is the first step in finding ways to pay for college. This U. S. Department of Education site offers parents step-by-step directions for completing the FAFSA.
  • How to Prepare for College in High School – These ten ways to prepare your child for college offer parents and their children a clear approach for managing the transition from high school to college.
  • Learn the College Application Language – The language used in describing each step of the college application process can be a new one for many parents. This site, offered by The College Board, offers parents a deeper understanding of the college application vocabulary.
  • Follow a Timeline – U.S. News offers parents and students a clear and easy-to-follow a timeline that will help them stay on track. This site also offers clear information and advice about other aspects of the college admission process.